Non-profit organisation (NPO) Mentor A Boy Child has launched a new 18-month pilot programme for boys aged between 14 and 15 years.
The programme is piloted at a school in a historically disadvantaged area and will reach about 100 youngsters.
The aim of the programme is to promote healthy masculinity, to address social ills and build better boys in society.
Eusebius McKaiser speaks to Andile Khumalo, who is on the advisory board of the NPO.
People are always willing to help and oftentimes mentees are the ones that can make it a bit difficult to be mentored and get the best out of mentors.— Andile Khumalo, Entrepreneur, Chartered accountant & CEO - Brodkast Group
Khumalo says they have partnered with the relevant stakeholders for the programme.
The beauty of what we have done is that we have gotten the advice so the psychologists and social workers are part of the advisory board of the programme.— Andile Khumalo, Entrepreneur, Chartered accountant & CEO - Brodkast Group
The other important thing is you have to know what you can and cannot do and be clear about what you are providing.— Andile Khumalo, Entrepreneur, Chartered accountant & CEO - Brodkast Group
We are trying to provide a big brother and big sister to these children.— Andile Khumalo, Entrepreneur, Chartered accountant & CEO - Brodkast Group
We don't allow the mentorship contact to happen outside of the curated sessions, Khumalo adds.
The quarterly workshops have identified three key issues:
Intrapersonal – how young boys develop self-esteem and mental health.
Interpersonal – how young boys are in the environment that they live in.
- Skills development – how boys will become meaningful in society and financial literacy.
Mentor A Boy Child provides access, guidance and support through structured platforms and activities that deliver effective life-skills development and mentorship.
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